Michelle Denise
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    Michelle Denise

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Kennewick, Wash.

    High School:
    Southridge HS

    Height:
    5-2

    Event:
    All-Around

    JUNIOR (2009): Competed in all but two meets for the Falcons...was a permanent fixture in the vault lineup, competing on that event for the final 10 meets...posted a season-high score of 9.525 on that event at Wisconsin-La Crosse...also competed on the balance beam in three meets and the floor exercise in two...set season-best marks on the beam (9.600) and floor (9.450) in the home meet against Texas Woman's University...finished fifth on the floor against TWU to help Air Force to a sweep of the top six places.

    SOPHOMORE (2008): Competed in every meet, including 14 as an all-around competitor...participated at the NCAA Regional Championships, placing 20th in the all-around...competed in the event finals of the uneven bars at the USA Gymnastics Collegiate Championships...earned USAG All-America honors in that event...all-conference honoree in the all-around, uneven bars and floor exercise...finished fourth in the all-around at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships...set career-best marks in the uneven bars (9.775), balance beam (9.675) and all-around (38.575) at the conference meet...first set beam score one week prior at Denver...collected personal-best score of 9.650 on the vault in the season-opener against Centenary...matched that score against Eastern Michigan...posted a career-high 9.725 on the floor exercise at Alaska-Anchorage and again at the NCAA Regional Championships...received the team's "Hardest Worker" award.

    FRESHMAN (2007): Competed in the first seven meets of the season before being sidelined by an injury...tallied a career-best 9.450 on the vault against UC-Davis...set a personal-best 9.475 on the uneven bars at Ohio State...set career-high marks on the balance beam (9.600), floor exercise (9.575) and all-around (37.725) one week later at UC-Davis...that all-around score was the second-highest total on the team...earned second-team all-conference honors on the uneven bars...earned MPSF Gymnast of the Week honors following the season-opening meet at Denver.

    HIGH SCHOOL/CLUB TEAM: Southridge High School...member of the National Honor Society...named to the honor roll all four years...competed at Mid-Columbia Gymnastics Academy...coached by Joe Softich, Dave Millard and Todd Sawyer...two-time national qualifier...won the uneven bars and balance beam at the 2005 Region 2 Championships...placed second on the vault, floor exercise and all-around at that meet...finished second on the bars at the 2004 Region 2 Championships...won the uneven bars at the Level-10 state meet as a junior...also picked up second-place honors in the all-around at that meet...finished fifth in the all-around at the Level-10 state meet as a senior.

    PERSONAL: Full name is Michelle Danielle Denise...daughter of Matthew and Sherrie Denise...is an only child...nickname is Shelly...majoring in behavioral science...future career plans include becoming an acquisitions officer...has served as Operations Clerk, Flight NCO, Squadron Superintendent and Group Director of Standards and Evaluations...hobbies include reading and sleeping...spent the summer working the first and second sessions of Basic Cadet Training...member of Cadet Squadron 18.

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